Dr. Mega Kar

Alfred Deakin Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Deakin University

Dr. Mega Kar completed her undergraduate degree with honours at The University of Melbourne in 2008. She then went on to study her PhD at Monash University (2012-2015) in Professor Douglas MacFarlane’s group, funded by the ARC Centre of Excellence for Electromaterials Science (ACES).

In 2021, Dr. Kar joined Professor Maria Forsyth’s group at Deakin as an Alfred Deakin postdoctoral research fellow, where she works on ionic liquid synthesis and electrochemistry, working on electrodeposition and metal batteries. She has previously designed novel ionic liquids for application in rechargeable magnesium batteries, in a collaborative project with Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing, North America (TEMA).

In 2015, Dr. Kar received The Most Promising Woman Scientist award at the 6th International Congress on Ionic Liquids. At Monash, she was also awarded the Faculty of Science Advancing Women’s Success Grant to design workshops or other activities to help overcome cultural and practical barriers with the aim of increasing retention of women in energy science.

Along with Professor Douglas MacFarlane and Professor Jennifer Pringle, Dr Kar has co-authored a textbook titled “Fundamentals of Ionic Liquid Science – From chemistry to applications“, published in 2017. Dr Kar has also been awarded the Australian-India Early Career Research Fellowship grant (2018) to undertake further research to investigate new materials for next-generation energy storage.